THE Durand Cup trophies were unveiled in a Pre-tournament Event at the Colva Beach on September 12, 2014. This year’s mascot will be Naib Subadar Azad Singh. Naib Subadar Azad Singh is in the Limca book of records for covering a distance of 103 Kms balancing a football on his head. All those present at the event witnessed a military display of martial arts and music. According to the Army authorities here in Goa this was only a harbinger of the military and football Durand Cup extravaganza being brought into Goa this season by the Indian Army. The Martial Arts display included a scintillating coordinated display of ‘Kalaripayattu’ and ‘Taekewondo’ by soldiers from the Goa based 2 Signal Training Centre which enthralled the audience. They were also treated with some fine military music by the Pipe band of the 2 Signal Training Centre. The trophies were unveiled and open to public display by Lt Gen PR Shankar, GOC M G and G Area.
Interacting with the press, the General Officer informed that the tournament is being conducted in Goa for the first time and has invoked tremendous response among the football fraternity. Many local and I league teams from all parts of the country have confirmed their participation. The event is set to kick start on 11 Oct 2014 with a Curtain Raiser scheduled at the Bambolim Stadium. The tournament by itself, will commence from 20 October 2014 and the finals are scheduled on September 8 and November 2014. The detailed programme of the entire Durand Cup was also put out by the organizers. The teams participating were also informed to the press. Added attractions that have been planned includes a variety of other activities that are being put up by various military teams, including Paradrops, Helicopter Acrobatics, Fly Past by Helicopters and Naval fighter air crafts besides Motor Cycle, Martial arts and Band displays at various locations all over Goa. Special effort is being taken by the Indian Army to ensure that there is no clash with the ISL. Also it has been reiterated that there will be no entry fee for the tournament or any event connected with it. All are welcome.